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Yokohama International School

Yokohama International School

Live Learn Lead

Interview

What are the benefits of attending your school?

YIS is an independent, not-for-profit, International Baccalaureate Continuum School offering the three main academic programs of the International Baccalaureate and the unique benefits of an inquiry-centered, transdisciplinary and skills-focused learning continuum from early years through high school. We are accredited by the Council of International Schools and the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Guided by dedicated and experienced educators focused on improving learning, students are provided opportunities to acquire knowledge and skills while exploring and developing passions and interests. Students embody the school’s Live Learn Lead mission through participation in extensive sports and activities; a service learning program where they can make a difference locally and internationally; challenging expeditions to explore and engage with the natural world; an array of performing and visual arts; cultural connections with our host country; and more. Our new campus is a catalyst for extending and enhancing this holistic approach to learning. As a community, our students’ well-being is paramount. Our faculty plays an active role in helping students and school counselors provide support through individual and group counseling services and other forms of outreach to the school community.

What is the profile (enrollment, nationality, etc.) of the student body?

YIS is a medium-sized, coeducational school with an enrollment of approximately 730 students from 50 nationalities, and 125 faculty and staff from over 15 nationalities. Nearly 40% of our students have more than one nationality. While many YIS families live near the school, students commute from throughout Kanagawa and Tokyo. Along with the transition to the new campus, to provide families with additional options to the convenient public transportation, the school now offers bus service for some Tokyo neighborhoods (Roppongi, Hiroo, Azabu-Juban and Denenchofu), as well as stops near Ishikawacho and Motomachi-Chukagai stations.

What sets your school apart from other international schools?

Marking a major milestone in its nearly century-long history, in January YIS relocated from its original Yamatecho location to a new purpose-built campus designed by world-renowned architects Kengo Kuma and Associates in Yokohama's Honmoku neighborhood. The new campus is designed for the YIS way of learning. Among our most important principles for the design are that all spaces should be considered learning spaces and the learning should be visible throughout the school. This can be seen in the flow of learning that takes place between classrooms with 3-meter-wide sliding glass doors and the large open hub spaces on every floor. Major components of the new campus include a 25-meter indoor heated swimming pool; an official size artificial turf sports field; a double gymnasium; a performing arts wing with music and drama rooms and a 411-seat auditorium; and an open studio-style art and design area with a maker's workshop and electric kiln. Along with unleashing myriad new learning opportunities for students, teachers and parents, the campus has managed to retain the warm and welcoming sense of community that has always been a YIS hallmark.

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School data

Address: 2-100-1 Kominato-cho, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0802
Access: Motomachi-Chukagai Station (Minatomirai Line) or Negishi Station (JR Negishi/Keihin Tohoku Line), followed by a 10-minute bus ride
Website: https://www.yis.ac.jp
Phone: +81-045-622-0084
School culture: The YIS mission — Live Learn Lead — captures the essence of who we are as a school, enabling a shared sense of purpose and interpretations as diverse as our international community. Underpinning our mission are our core values of being mindful of the needs and rights of others, honest, peaceful, responsible and supportive of each other.
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